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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday April 18, 2013.

Israeli soldiers kidnap 11 residents and destroy farmhouses during attacks targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli troops kidnapped on Thursday morning 11 Palestinian civilians during morning invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

Palestinian sources announced that invasions were reported in the cities of Hebron southern West Bank, and Jenin and Tubas cities, northern West Bank.

Residents announced that soldiers attacked homes at all three locations then searched and ransacked them before taking 11 men away. The army gave no reason for the arrests.

Local sources added that another two residents were arrested by Israeli troops at a military checkpoint near Bethlehem on Thursday at dawn.

In related news the Israeli army issued a military order to Ahmad al Rowaidi to come in for interrogation on Thursday. al Rowaidi, who is a lawyer from Jerusalem, works as the Palestinian president advisor on Jerusalem affairs.

Also on Thursday, the Israeli army demolished on Thursday two farmhouses owned by local famers from Al Khadir villager near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Villagers said that the two farmhouses are located near illegal Israeli settlements build on lands stolen from Al khadir famers. Moreover the famers said that the two structures are more than 65 years old.

Later on Thursday, residents and local organizers along with international supporters staged a nonviolent protest in solidarity with Palestinian political detainees held by Israel near the old city of Jerusalem. The protesters called for the immediate release of all detainees.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday April 18th news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.